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Cumbria is one of Britain's most loved and visited holiday locations, providing a unique combination of dramatic mountains and awesome lakes. It's a place that attracts visitors all year round and appeals to a wide variety of holidaymakers from couples who want to stay in a cosy Lakeland cottage to families who are looking for country homes with a view.

Cumbria has a great blend and variety of contrasting landscapes, including the renowned Lake District National Park which includes all the iconic places synonymous with the Lake District such as Windermere, Keswick and Ambleside as well as famous lakes such as Lake Windermere, Derwentwater and Coniston.

The mountains and fells here are spectacular and include iconic peaks such as Blencathra, Skiddaw, Grisdale Pike and the largest mountain in England Scarfell Pike. The county extends well beyond The National Park offering great cottage holiday destinations like the tranquil Eden Valley in the east and the rugged uplands to the north around Hadrian's Wall or the Western Lakes and Coast on the west and the Cartmel Peninsula in the south.

Because of its quite compact geography it's easy to get around the Lake District and despite of its popularity it's still possible to escape fellow holidaymakers to admire the wide open spaces and spectacular views with the feeling that you're the only one there, apart from the sheep!

The great outdoors is of course one of the main reasons people visit; this is wonderful walking and cycling country as well as providing lots of opportunities to sample the watersports on the numerous lakes.

Families will find no shortage of top quality visitor attractions, those interested in National Trust properties and gardens will also not be disappointed. The region is packed with picturesque Lakeland villages to discover, specialist shops, cosy pubs and restaurants.

Those thinking about taking a cottage holiday in Cumbria are sure to find something suitable, whether it's in the 'hot spots' of the central and southern lakes or the more remote and rugged areas of the northern lakes, or maybe the less well known regions to the west and east of the county.

So whether you're looking for lots of activities and attractions or a quiet 'away from it all' break this region will suit.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Cumbria to find your perfect retreat.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Hope Cottage Ref: 25627

This spacious mews holiday cottage is set in tranquil shared grounds and offers an ideal base to explore the Lake District. Just over a mile from the stylish coastal resort of Grange-over-Sands, with its pretty parks and gardens, bandstand with live music and mile long promenade. Many historic houses and gardens are nearby, including Holker Hall and Sizergh Castle, and of course the area is famous as the inspiration for Beatrix Potter. The southern tip of Lake Windermere is only 6 miles away. There are good local walks in the area, including at Hamps Fell, Grange and Whitbarrow, near Witherslack. Grange with shops and restaurant 1½ mile, pub and restaurant 110 yards.

Ground floor: 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two digital TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared lawned garden. Shared use of communal gardens and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£270-£688
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Woodland View Ref: 27237

This spacious self-contained holiday apartment in a converted Victorian hospital offers easy access to the Lake District National Park. Set in shared grounds, the surroundings are tranquil woodland with an abundance of wildlife including frequent visits from deer. Just over a mile away is the coastal resort of Grange-over-Sands and nearby is the village of Cartmel with its famous racecourse and priory. Historic houses and gardens locally include Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. A short drive away is Newby Bridge and Lake Windermere. Shop and restaurant 1½ miles, pub 200 yards.

3 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 galleried bedrooms (no doors): 1 double, 1 twin.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Communal garden. Patio with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Shared cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£234-£736
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Dixies Ref: W41509

Overlooking estuary

With superb views overlooking the Kent Estuary, this attractive first floor holiday apartment with its own terraced garden is set beside the coastal road and has large bay windows from which you can spend hours watching the ever changing tidal flow, the many varieties of birds and the Cumbrian hills on the opposite shore. The views from the property present excellent opportunities to photograph some spectacular sunsets. The area has many local walks to suit all abilities, while a short drive will take you to either the West Cumbrian Coast, the Yorkshire Dales or the heart of the Lake District. Attractions in the immediate area include Levens Hall, with its world famous topiary gardens and Sizergh Castle. Golf course 5 miles, horse riding 6 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub 600 yards, restaurant 300 yards.

All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Private terrace with garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: The sea estuary is opposite the property.

WAS
NOW
£206-£394
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Church Trees Ref: 27116

Ideal touring location

The delightful family home is situated in a residential part of the holiday seaside town of Grange-over-Sands. It makes a charming, comfortable and peaceful holiday base from which to tour the southern Lakes. Only a ¼ mile from the town attractions and golf courses, where visitors can stroll along the traffic-free promenade or enjoy a sophisticated afternoon tea. Visit the ancient village of Cartmel with its 12th-century priory, racecourse and famous for its original ’Sticky Toffee Pudding’. Historic houses and gardens, including Holker House and Levens Hall, Lake Windermere and the heart of the Lake District National Park are within easy reach, providing a wide range of walking, climbing, sailing and dining opportunities and the Haverthwaite to Lakeside Steam Railway are all within 10 miles. Don’t miss a visit to the South Lakes Wild Animal Park. A perfect holiday base for exploring or simply relaxing. Shops and pubs 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room with French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Dining room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom with additional single, additional double (4ft) and restricted headroom.

Gas central heating, convector heater, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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£431-£1186
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Robin Hill Ref: CC143227
Robin Hill has a fabulous location, literally across the road from the extensive sand and pebble beach, with lovely sea views to the Scottish hills. Situated within very large gardens, slightly elevated, in the little village of Beckfoot, between Allonby and Silloth. A spacious bungalow which was completely renovated in 2014, with very stylish furnishings and décor, superb facilities and views from all rooms. Sure to have wide appeal for families, dog owners and golfers, the links course at Silloth is one mile away or the Marport course is 10 miles

Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprising:
Lounge: With TV, DVD, wood flooring, sea views and open fire (initial supply of logs provided).
Dining/Kitchen: With built in electric oven and grill, ceramic hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave and breakfast bar.
Heated drying room: With washing machine, sink and drying rack.
Dining area: with TV and leading into a large fully furnished conservatory, with open views to the Lakeland fells.
Bedroom 1: With king size bed and TV.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and TV.
Bedroom 3: With double bed and TV.
Bathroom: With shower bath and wash basin.
Cloakroom: with WC.

All gas, electric, towels and bed linen provided. Cot available. Wi-Fi available.Outside: Large garden surrounding the property with lawn, seating area and garden furniture. Parking for 4 cars

WAS
NOW
£685-£940
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Trinity House Ref: 26532


This charming holiday cottage is situated on a quiet corner in the heart of the ancient market town of Ulverston. It offers quick and easy access to the many delights of Ulverston, home to the start of the Cumbria Way, with its old pubs, excellent restaurants and the twice-weekly market which is not to be missed. The Lake District National Park, Eskdale Railway, the World of Beatrix Potter and the Furness Coast are all within easy reach, as well as Lake Windermere and Lake Coniston which are 12 miles away. Ulverston has a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, a cinema and a leisure centre. Today it’s well known as a festival town with events throughout the year, including walking and art festivals in the summer months and the renowned Dickensian festival in late November. One of the town’s great claims to fame is as the birthplace of Stan Laurel. Whilst many Lakeland destinations have been developed beyond recognition, Ulverston still has an authentic feel and community spirit. All of the attractions of the National Park are easily reached. Bardsea and Askam beach are nearby, as is Dalton Zoo and the Dock Museum in Barrow. The Furness Coast boasts sandy beaches and good bird watching. Nearby family attractions include the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Lakes Windermere and Coniston and popular Birkrigg Common, with its incredible panoramic views across Morecambe Bay. This is a wonderful holiday location for family and friends to get away from it all. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.
These charming holiday cottages (refs 26532 and 29698) are situated on a quiet corner in the heart of the ancient market town of Ulverston. They offer quick and easy access to the many delights of Ulverston, home to the start of the Cumbria Way, with its old pubs, excellent restaurants and the twice-weekly market which is not to be missed. The Lake District National Park, Eskdale Railway, the World of Beatrix Potter and the Furness Coast are all within easy reach, as well as Lake Windermere and Lake Coniston which are 12 miles away. Ulverston has a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, a cinema and a leisure centre. Today it’s well known as a festival town with events throughout the year, including walking and art festivals in the summer months and the renowned Dickensian festival in late November. One of the town’s great claims to fame is as the birthplace of Stan Laurel. Whilst many Lakeland destinations have been developed beyond recognition, Ulverston still has an authentic feel and community spirit. All of the attractions of the National Park are easily reached. Bardsea and Askam beach are nearby, as is Dalton Zoo and the Dock Museum in Barrow. The Furness Coast boasts sandy beaches and good bird watching. Nearby family attractions include the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Lakes Windermere and Coniston and popular Birkrigg Common, with its incredible panoramic views across Morecambe Bay. This is a wonderful holiday location for family and friends to get away from it all. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£210-£715
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Broadwater Farm Ref: 27904

This traditional Lakeland farmhouse is situated within the Lake District National Park and is 30 yards from the owner’s home. With large open space rooms, lovely tiled flooring throughout the downstairs and good quality furnishings, great care has been taken to provide a comfortable and relaxing home. The property has a large private enclosed lawned garden with a wonderful view over the surrounding countryside towards Black Combe. Although pets are not allowed in the farmhouse itself, the owners run a night boarding service should you wish to bring a pet and enjoy its company whilst out for the day. The quiet unspoilt Bootle beach is just ¼ mile away. This lovely holiday home is placed in the ideal location for exploring this wonderful part of the Lake District National Park. There are numerous opportunities for walking and cycling, including a climb to the top of the nearby Black Combe for breathtaking views. A short drive to the north is Muncaster Castle with beautiful gardens and the headquarters of the World Owl Trust. Take a day trip on the popular ‘La’al Ratty’, the miniature steam railway at Ravenglass. Millom, 8 miles away, has a wide sandy beach with rocks, Coniston Water is a 40-minute drive, the historic port and marina of Whitehaven has a variety of shops, restaurants, museums and water sports, all within a short drive. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant 8 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Second living room. Dining room with slate floor/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in second living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. High chair. DVD. Xbox. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£623-£1317
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
Hartrees House Ref: 19248

Views of Black Coombe Fell

Set on the western coast of the Lake District National Park, Silecroft is a quiet village, which boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The beach has won awards for its cleanliness and safety and it has an uncluttered sea front, which allows for undisturbed enjoyment of the part sandy beach and rock pools. The generously proportioned holiday home is semi-detached on two sides and is just a quarter of a mile from the beach and views from the house take in the magnificent Black Coombe Fell. Coastal sounds and smells and excellent fell walking ensures visitors can enjoy the best of both aspects of this less congested part of the Lake District. Coniston Lake, 14 miles is a scenic drive away, which leads onto the busier central lakes. The interesting market towns of Broughton in Furness and Ulverston are a 20 minute drive. Shop 4 miles, pub 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft), 1 bunk with additional bunk (2ft 6in for children). Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in garage. Dishwasher. Piano. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

WAS
NOW
£304-£1073
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Millers Cottage Ref: 29158

Millers Cottage is an 18th-century, stone-built, Lakeland detached house with a lot of character and a host of original features, such as slate flagged floors, oak beams and traditional doors. The cottage is very welcoming, warm and cosy, with a charming atmosphere. This holiday cottage makes the perfect ’home from home’ and a great place from which to explore this side of the South Lakes. It nestles at the end of a private narrow lane on the edge of the old village, surrounded by woodland. There is a children’s loft den (unheated), which is great for the family with lots of toys and games. On the doorstep is the Duddon Valley to the west of Coniston, arguably one of the ’undiscovered hidden gems’ of the Lake District National Park. There are great family walks from the door in many directions including those taking in the wonderful fells, waterfalls, crags & streams. Just a short drive from Coniston, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Grasmere, Windermere, Bowness, Tarn Hows and the Grizedale Forest. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and slate floor. Dining room with slate floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with small bath and toilet.

Woodburners in living room and dining room included. Economy 7 NSH, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Playstation 1. Electric hob. Gas Rayburn. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine and tumble dryer in ground floor bedroom. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£372-£1050
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

A charming holiday cottage with large conservatory, adjacent to the owner’s house in the seaside village of Silecroft. This former granary looks out onto pretty gardens and provides a perfect holiday base on the western fringe of the Lake District. Within a mile of a beach, golf course and pony trekking, there are coastal and hill walks from the door. Many visitor attractions in the area such as the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton, Aquarium of the Lakes at Newby Bridge and Muncaster Castle and Gardens. Shops and restaurant 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/
dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. FreeSat TV. Video and small library. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£180-£441
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Lazy Cottage Ref: W41620

Coastal village location

Just a two minute walk from this cottage brings you to a harbour and award-winning sandy beach. The terraced holiday cottage is tucked away in a quiet village in a corner of the Lake District with easy access to the south and west lakes. An ideal base for walking parties with Black Combe, the Old Man of Coniston and Langdale Fells all within easy reach. The area abounds in history, interesting places to visit include Muncaster Castle, Ravensglass and Eskdale Steam Railway and the village of Hawkshead (home of Beatrix Potter) all excellent day trips. Watersports, pony-trekking, fishing and many nature reserves are all easily accessible. Shops and pub 50 yards, restaurant 75 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms (two 5ft).

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£226-£632
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
3
Seaview Ref: LXE

Stunningly set by the sea, in the designated Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this large detached property commands dramatic panoramas from every room, over the sea to Scotland and meadows to the Lake District Fells. Seaview stands in an unspoilt seashore hamlet of 28 homes, and is surrounded by its own enclosed gardens, with vast sands just over the road. It has eight good-sized bedrooms (three with en-suite facilities). There is ample room for large groups, making it a perfect holiday destination for families to get together in a seaside/rural area. Between the house and sands is a nature reserve, a park-like greensward stretching for 12 miles from the Victorian seaside resort of Silloth (3 miles) to the fishing harbour of Maryport (9 miles) with play areas and delightful shoreline walks. The Beckfoot sands offer rock pools, sea angling, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing and swimming, as well as an abundance of bird life and glorious sunsets to enjoy. Behind the house quiet lanes wind through the Solway Plain and offer excellent cycle routes. Just 2½ miles down the road is a modern leisure centre, with indoor swimming-pool, spa, sauna, gym, tennis, shop and café. Five 18-hole golf courses are nearby – Silloth’s is in the ‘Top 100’ and is a championship qualifying course. With Hadrian’s Wall, the Lake District National Park and the Scottish Borders all easily accessible, this makes an ideal touring centre. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Entrance hall. Sitting-room (seats 16) with 42in 3D smart digital TV and Blu-ray. Dining room (seats 16) with patio doors to patio and garden. Large, well-equipped kitchen with range cooker and breakfast bar. Utility. Shower room with toilet. Large integral games/play room/twin bedroom with patio doors with sea views, table tennis, toys, 32in LCD digital TV and DVD. Two twin bedrooms; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; two with shared Jack and Jill shower room and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with balcony overlooking the sea. Twin bedroom. Spacious bathroom with shower cubicle, whirlpool bath and toilet.

  • Electric fire included
  • Electricity, gas central heating (underfloor in bathroom) and bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Four TVs (Freeview)
  • Blu-ray
  • DVD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Wi-fi
  • ¼ acre enclosed garden with furniture (in summer) with patio
  • Large well-equipped games/play room
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Additional cleaning services by arrangement
  • Pets free of charge
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£991-£2356
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